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Fresh Phishing Scam Spotted

According to allspammedup.com, which published its report on December 14, 2010, a fresh phishing scam is circulating online.

All the e-mails associated with this scam normally begin with the subject line "I have a question about" that appears so real that recipients can feel tempted for viewing them.

Displaying the caption "I have a question about website or product," a particular sample of the phishing e-mails, beginning with greetings to the recipient, states that the sender while hunting for extra details of a product on the Internet found the recipient's information. So he'd like to know if the recipient continues to be associated with product X and if he does, may he tell how he's carrying on.

One other sample of the phishing e-mails states that the sender, while hunting on the Net regarding business through the Web, came across the recipient's info.

Often there's a return address to which the fake electronic mails are connected, with one "reply to" id, which corresponds with that of the phisher alternatively, spoofed sender. Moreover, since there are no URLs or web-links embedded on the e-mails, the messages appear to be efforts towards getting the victims to converse. Thenewnewinternet.com published this on December 15, 2010.

Thus, owing to the latest scam e-mails, security specialists suggest system admins that they should notify the incident to their users. By creating an awareness regarding probable phishing attacks from the scam they must ensure nobody makes the mistake of answering the e-mails and thereby disclosing personal information.

Besides, people getting the e-mails should be vigilant of vulnerabilities within phishing e-mails, since such messages usually don't have well-written content, rather they've clear grammatical errors unlike in the case of genuine e-mails.

Additionally, it's also recommended that end-users deploy up-to-date security software to safeguard their computers against prevailing and new online attacks, as also install phishing and web filters.

Ultimately, it's because of these kinds of phishing scams that 2010 has witnessed an unprecedented rise in phishing just as Symantec the security company underscored in its yearly report, which stated that during 2010, the estimated phishing e-mails in circulation were some 95.1bn.

Related article: Fark.com Files Suit against Suspected Hacker from Fox13

» SPAMfighter News - 28-12-2010

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